Feb 24, 2015

Saudi court orders death for man who renounced Islam

An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing Islam, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday. The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, and hitting ...

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Feb 24, 2015

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Indonesia’s president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed. He warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta’s right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the ...

Feb 19, 2015

Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday denied threatening Indonesia over the fate of two Australians on death row by linking their fate to aid, insisting he was simply pointing out the depth of ties between the neighbors. As tensions mount in the bid to save ...

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Feb 17, 2015

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of five convicts, including two Australians, to another prison for execution, prompted by medical concerns and families’ requests to spend more time with the prisoners, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday. Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two ...

China executes businessman linked to former security tsar

Feb 9, 2015

China executes businessman linked to former security tsar

Chinese authorities on Monday executed a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, himself the focus of a high-profile corruption investigation, state media reported. The High People’s Court in the central province of Hubei ordered the ...

Jan 30, 2015

Indonesia ready to execute foreigners after rejecting clemency

Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a collision course with international allies. The seven include two Australian leaders of ...

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

Jan 23, 2015

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

President Joko Widodo has rejected a final appeal for clemency from an Australian sentenced to death on drug smuggling charges, an official said Thursday. The attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Tribagus Spontana, said his office had just received a copy of a decree signed by ...

Jury selection to start in Colorado cinema massacre trial

Jan 21, 2015

Jury selection to start in Colorado cinema massacre trial

The first of some 9,000 potential jurors will report to court in Colorado on Tuesday as selection begins for the trial of James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student who killed 12 people in July 2012 at a midnight screening of a Batman movie. ...